Treasury, IRS lay out tax rules for same-sex couples following court ruling

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced new rules on Wednesday for implementing the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage for federal tax purposes.

With the rules, a marriage of two people of the same sex recognized by any state or other part of the U.S. will also be recognized for federal tax purposes.

The rules will also interpret the terms "husband" and "wife" to mean same-sex couples where necessary.

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"The proposed regulations confirm that terms in the federal tax code relating to marriage should be interpreted to include same-sex spouses as well as opposite-sex spouses, ensuring that all are treated equally under the law," Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said in a statement. "These regulations provide additional clarity on how the federal government will treat same-sex couples for tax purposes in light of the Supreme Court's historic decision on same-sex marriage."

The federal government already recognized same-sex marriage for tax purposes, following the 2013 Supreme Court decision United States v. Windsor.

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